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Nightlife (Cal Leandros) Mass Market Paperback – March 7, 2006
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About the Author
Besides wild, ravenous turkeys, she has a dog (if you don’t have a dog, how do you live?)—one hundred pounds of Siberian husky. He looks like a wolf, has paws the size of a person’s hand, ice blue eyes, teeth out of a Godzilla movies, and the ferocious habit of hiding under the kitchen table and peeing on himself when strangers come by. Fortunately, she has another dog that is a little more invested in keeping the food source alive. By the way, the dogs were adopted from shelters. They were fully grown, already housetrained, and grateful as hell. Think about it next time you’re looking for a Rover or Fluffy.
For updates, teasers, deleted scenes, and various other extras, visit Rob Thurman's website and her LiveJournal.
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First, it's urban fantasy. If you're looking for elves with bows and arrows, woodland fantasies with castles and towers, this isn't it. But if you like the urban settings of, say, the Harry Dresden novels of Jim Butcher (which are probably what this one is closest in character to, even though it's entirely different) or Andrew Swann's gritty Cleveland, then this is the same type of urban action.
Then, although there are supernatural characters, the types of them are not quite exactly the same as they are in most genre novels. The elves in here are not nice people, they're neither people nor nice. Referred to formally as the Auphe, they are nasty and no one can stand them, not even other Auphe. Our protagonist is half-Auphe, and this is the basis for most of his problems. There is a troll, but just one, and yes, he lives under the Brooklyn Bridge. And there's a vampire - not a whole bunch of them, though; while this is the same general sort of novel as many contemporary vampire novels are, there's not much vampire action. Our protagonists find out about the vampire in a funny/odd manner, which is different from most of the genre conventions. Vampire novel readers will probably enjoy the book despite the relative scarcity of the vampires.
One of the characters I liked best was used car salesman Rob Fellows - who is really Robin Goodfellow, a "puck.Read more ›
* Point 1: If you were to remove all the adjectives and adverbs from the book, it would probably shrink by about 60 pages. Being a lover of adjectives and adverbs, it pains me to say this, but there's a limit to their use. They should be treated like a fine and potent spice--use only as much as necessary or the entire dish could be spoiled.
* Point 2: This Cal character is wonderful in a sardonic way. The novel got heavy at times and it felt like trudging through mud, but the twisted humor injected through Cal's voice certainly helped to balance it out.
* Point 3: What happened to the climax? The buildup is good, the tension is there, and you're poised, ready to see what dark and ominous creatures spring forth to tear the main characters into shreds, and then...whaaa...that's it?!?
Two brothers, Cal (short for Caliban) and Niko Leandros, are on the run from things they call Grendels, which they later find out are called the Auphe, a completely depraved race of creatures who enjoy slaughter for simple entertainment value. And these things want Cal. Together Cal and Niko try to stay one step ahead until they're forced to deal with the problem once and for all. Along the way, they meet Robin Goodfellow, aka Puck, a michevious, egotistical and lecherous elf and the trio find themselves on an adventure to discover the reason for the Auphe's indefatigable pursuit of Cal.
Frankly, I'm still debating whether or not I liked it. Actually, I *did* enjoy it...up until the climax that never came. As a result, I'm leery of reading the second book in the series, Moonshine, which I already have sitting on my bookshelf. Let me try to explain as best I can without giving up spoilers...Read more ›
Cal is the result of a breeding program, his father an Auphe and his mother a hired receptacle. At an early age Cal was yanked into the Auphe dimension. When he suddenly reappeared he was without his memory and the target of monsters everywhere. In company with his brother Niko, Cal has been running and hiding ever since. Whatever the Auphe wanted him for, it was bad news, and being around Cal for a length of time was frequently fatal. Whatever was going on, it was becoming more intense, and Niko and Cal go on a desperate search for answers that has them team up with a beautiful vampire and a faun named Robin Goodfellow.
Cal isn't even safe inside himself. If being a creature with dark, malevolent urges isn't enough, Cal's mind is seized by a banshee, a darkling and the reader has the unnerving experience of having the narrator stay the same but his personality shift right into the dumps. Now Niko and Robin's problem is how to save the world and save Cal. A tough act in any case made harder by the fact that the new Cal is all for killing everyone, once and for all.
The story is told in that first person, tough and wisecracking style that has become popular lately.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"Still, Grendels weren’t above using humans, and most humans weren’t above being used."
"The monsters were there for anyone who just opened his eyes and... Read more
Not my style, but I'm sure it's someone's... Writing style is a little young for my tastePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
It was an okay book. If you like the TV show Supernatural, you will like this book. Brothers who fight nasty supernatural creatures and have unnecessary conflict between... Read morePublished 4 months ago by JuryRig
First off, download the sample before you buy. I wish I did. Now, before you critique my review, download the sample for The Hunger Games and compare. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Stephen Beck
A great introduction to Thurman's world and her memorable characters. She has created a unique story that gets at the heart of self.Published 7 months ago by QueenTitania
When a group of friends on Goodreads decided to read this book, I thought it sounded like a great idea and joined in. This book was an okay read for me. Read more
...nice new original story. Want to read more about Cal and Nikko and see what escapades they can get themselves into.Published 8 months ago by Tracy Reitmann
So much action, betrayal, and fight to the death brotherly love I couldn't help but be broken hearted that MacLeod Andrews did not narrate this story. Read morePublished 9 months ago by HaloLove
This is the first book in the series Cal and Niko Leondras. Good story.
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